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Concerts in the Park 2015 offers national acts with local ties

Mariana Rose Calderon-Lidell, 5, dances with Shayna Horwitz and her friend Brooke Steurer, right, to the music of Nickel Slots in the first 2014 Concert in the Park at Cesar Chavez Plaza on Friday, May 2, 2014.
Mariana Rose Calderon-Lidell, 5, dances with Shayna Horwitz and her friend Brooke Steurer, right, to the music of Nickel Slots in the first 2014 Concert in the Park at Cesar Chavez Plaza on Friday, May 2, 2014. jvillegas@sacbee.com

Hip-hop band Blackalicious and Far’s Jonah Matranga – onetime local musicians who found success on a national stage – are set to return to Sacramento and headline the Friday-night Concerts in the Park series.

The 2015 schedule, announced today, features a genre-mixing lineup that includes rock, rap, punk, country and electronica, as well as a new-meets-nostalgia vibe.

A quick glance at some acts to watch:

Sacramento pop shape-shifters Sunmonks are part of the July 17 show, headlined by experimental indie rock band From Indian Lakes.

Mr. T Experience, part of Berkeley’s original Gilman Street punk scene, will get the crowd going June 19.

And San Francisco soul rockers The Soft White Sixties, who have blown away audiences with their live performances at San Francisco’s Outside Lands and Napa’s BottleRock, play July 10.

The 12-week concert series is organized by the Downtown Sacramento Partnership. The free shows, which usually run from 5-9 p.m., are all ages and held at downtown’s Cesar Chavez Plaza (910 I St.).

Here’s the complete rundown:

MAY 1: ISLAND OF BLACK & WHITE

Drop Dead Red, Riotmaker, DJ Epik

MAY 8: JOY & MADNESS

Sol Peligro, Zyah Belle & The Funkshun, Paul Gordon & the Ambient Light Experience

MAY 15: CRIPPLE CREEK BAND

Golden Cadillacs, Be Brave Bold Robot, Ashley Barron, DJ Rawhide

MAY 22: FRANK HANNON BAND

Alex Vincent Band, Pressure Lounge, DJ Peeti-V

MAY 29: BLACKALICIOUS

DLRN + Stevie Nader, Element Brass Band, Druskee

JUNE 5: ELEMENT OF SOUL

Burro, Once An Empire, 50-Watt Heavy, TL Miller / imf.DRED

JUNE 12: JONAH MATRANGA

The Storytellers, Kevin Seconds, One Leg Chuck, DJ Elements

JUNE 19: MR. T EXPERIENCE

The Four Eyes, The Enlows, Rebel Punk , DJ Whores

JUNE 26: SLAVES

A Lot Like Birds, Tell the Wolves, We Went to the Moon, Z Rokk

JULY 3

No concert

JULY 10: THE SOFT WHITE SIXTIES

The Nickel Slots, Justin Farren, Vintage Vandals, El Conductor

JULY 17: FROM INDIAN LAKES

Sunmonks, Xochitl, Dusty Brown

JULY 24: ARDEN PARK ROOTS

Task1ne , Century Got Bars, J-Ras , Charleee, Ideateam, Braden Scott Band, Shaun Slaughter

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